We were anxiously sitting in traffic on a Saturday afternoon in Downtown Atlanta. We were already planning on being a bit early, but our “earliness” was quickly shrinking. We got to the church and only found a few cars in the parking lot; a good sign. We beat almost everyone to the church, even Lauren! When we walked down the gorgeous stone hallways of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and opened the Gothic wooden door to the bridal room, we knew it was going to be a gorgeous day.
And what an amazing day it was. An amazingly beautiful ceremony was followed by a fun filled night on the dance floor just a few miles away at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta. Lauren and Keishaun shared some fun stories of their day with us, and I can’t wait to share them with you, too. Here we go!
Everything Lauren was wearing had some sparkle, even her shoes.
These two have some amazing rings. I’ve been in love with Lauren’s ring since their engagement session! This really cool door handle was found on one of the doors in the church.
Keishaun was rocking his grey suit and white vest & tie.
See? I told you.
But we got a smile out of him anyway.
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta was a gorgeous church with beautiful details everywhere, including this stained glass and wood paneled wall in the reception room.
Lauren’s dress was amazing.
Lauren’s mom helped her with all the finishing touches, including the dress.
I loved Lauren’s expression here.
The bridal suite at the church was gorgeous. They thought of everything, including a floor length mirror across from the main mirror so you can see how great you’re looking from everywhere.
All these girls were just gorgeous!
Lauren was getting to relax with a few laughs before walking down the aisle.
We don’t post many photos of just architecture, but these lights were so cool against the arches in the background, I just had to post this one.
Keishaun’s boutonniere was simple and elegant.
Lauren showed off that gorgeous dress and her homemade veil (made by her grandmother).
This photo was taken as all the bridesmaids were walking out the door on the way to the ceremony. I love how Lauren was calmly gazing out the window.
Lauren and her dad had a quiet moment before walking down the aisle.
Like other churches, we were not allowed inside the church on the ground floor during the ceremony, but we did sneak a few photos as they were closing the doors.
The church is amazing on the outside, and the weather was perfect for Lauren and Keishaun’s wedding.
The church is so beautiful we couldn’t resist including it as part of their wedding day story.
The happy couple shared a funny story with us. Ordinarily, Lauren turns the cup around if she is drinking after someone so she can drink on a fresh area of the cup. As part of the ceremony, they took communion. Well, Keishaun got to drink first, and when he handed the cup to Lauren, without thinking, she turned the cup around.We thought it was awesome that their real life was reflected in the ceremony.Adorable!
We got a few minutes to catch a few details before the first dance. We loved the classic design of their cake.
Despite the wrong first dance song, the happy couple had a great time dancing and chatting about life.
They looked stunning and so happy.
Another fun story: Lauren’s dad wasn’t too happy about the fact that no one asked him what father/daughter song they would be dancing to. He was pleasantly surprised when the room went dark and his 3 daughters broke out the flashlights when his favorite song came on.
I’ve said before that I really like some photos with some blur. It adds atmosphere, movement and emotion. Don’t you’ just feel like you’re there on the dance floor looking at this photo?
The next few are just a fun sampling of all the fun the bridal party was having out on the dance floor.
Oops! They were having so much fun dancing they almost forgot to cut the cake! We got the standard cut-the-cake photos, but thought this one was especially cool because it’s telling all kinds of stories.
We’ve seen a lot of things happen when a bouquet flies through the air: overthrows, underthrows, complete misses, fights for the flowers, and even “I-really-didn’t-want-to-catch-this-bouquet” hand-offs. But this time, Lauren’s sister caught the bouquet. When Lauren’s mom saw what happened, she pulled some mom-strings and said that they had enough weddings for a while.So Lauren’s sister had to sit out and Lauren threw the bouquet again.
Lauren and Keishaun, Thank you for letting us share in your special day and for sharing your fun stories with us! If you’re friends and family of Lauren and Keishaun, feel free to leave them some comment love and we’ll share it with the happy couple.
Nathan and Natosha